Inspired by the Olympics, F&W selected five chefs representing five different countries and asked them to compete for grilling supremacy. The rules: Provide an incredible grilled-chicken recipe, plus a second, freestyle dish of their own choosing.
In This Article:
- Bill Kim for South Korea
- Silvena Rowe for Turkey
- Cesare Casella for Italy
- Jose Garces for Mexico
- Adam Perry Lang for the USA
Bill Kim for South Korea
Representing South Korea in our grilling games is chef Bill Kim of Chicago’s Belly Shack and UrbanBelly. Kim’s recipes reveal what Korean barbecue is all about: salty-sweet, sticky, delectably charred meat. Kim uses sugar, chiles (in a paste or powder) and sesame oil in both his dishes.
Grill Technique for Spicy Korean Grilled Pork
Pounding slices of pork tenderizes the meat, making it thin enough to take on the flavor of the marinade and allowing it to cook fast enough to stay moist.
Silvena Rowe for Turkey
Silvena Rowe, author of Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume, grew up in Bulgaria, but is easily qualified to represent Turkey in the F&W grilling games: The daughter of an avid Turkish cook, she has expanded her repertoire of family dishes as chef at Quince in London’s May Fair hotel. Turkish grilling, she says, relies on fragrant spices like cumin, coriander and paprika; cool yogurt sauces; and red-pepper pastes for heat.
Grill Technique for Leg of Lamb Shawarma
Rubbing a spice paste into slits in the meat before grilling adds deep flavor.
Cesare Casella for Italy
Stepping up to the grill to represent Italy is Cesare Casella, the chef and owner of New York City’s Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto. Casella says that Italian grillers don’t generally use sauces. Instead, they might rely on olive oil or lemon to flavor food. Sometimes they drizzle the oil on; other times they brush it on, perhaps with a rosemary sprig.
Grill Technique for Shellfish and Vegetables al Cartoccio
Italian grillers have mastered the method of searing vegetables to impart a smoky flavor, then grilling them in packets to cook slowly until tender.
Jose Garces for Mexico
Jose Garces focuses on barbacoa dishes: meats cooked over an open fire or in a pit, many of them coated with intense spice mixes and served with sauces and glazes, like this sweet and sticky grilled chicken.
Grill Technique for Latin Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Green Chile Aioli
The secret to creating a terrific crust on a well-marbled cut of beef: rubbing on a salty-sweet spice mix and letting the meat air dry before grilling.
Adam Perry Lang for the USA
Adam Perry Lang, founder of NYC’s Daisy May’s BBQ and author of Charred & Scruffed, does the USA proud with Southern-style chicken wings and grilled kale.
Grill Technique for Grilled Kale with Garlic, Chiles and Bacon
The smartest way to prepare kale for grilling is blanching it so it becomes tender and doesn’t burn.